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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-22-2004, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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A different soft-top problem.

I bought a new Best Top fastbask soft top a year ago. I thought it was so cool! Now the fabric seems like it has stretched, and the top sucks up and away at highway speeds. The leading edge will actually bow and pull out of the front channel, leaving a gap the funnels wind (and rain) inside. If a crack the side windows, the top will seat itself back into the front channel, but it flaps horribly and makes a lot of noise. Anyone else have this problem? Any suggestions?
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Re: A different soft-top problem.

Have you tried contacting them ?
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Re: A different soft-top problem.

We had a fitment problem last year with a bestop we bought from 4 wheel parts wholesalers for the Tracker and we contacted them and explained the problem. They sent a new one right out and also sent a prepaid shipping label to send the old one back. They have a good warranty on their product. No reason you shouldn't be helped out ,too.
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Re: A different soft-top problem.

I've got a Bestop fastback top that is about 8 years old now and it's still in good shape. Anyways, it has that very same problem. I was thinking about doing what the Army does with their HMMWV tops-put a piece of plywood betwen the targa support bars and the top.

You would need to round the corners of the plywood and smooth the edges so it wouldn't cut into the top. I think it would work well.
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Re: A different soft-top problem.

Pretty common thing. The fabric just stretches out. You might try the plywood trick or see if you can rig up some of tensioner to keep it taught.
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Re: A different soft-top problem.

Take it to a canvas shop and have them resew it minus 1/2" in the middle or rear seam .
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Re: A different soft-top problem.

The original top on my Kick was getting pretty loose.... to the point where the rear zipper wouldn't do up straight.

Its also white, and was getting pretty nasty. I took it off, washed it in the shower with hot water and some HD cleaner, and let it dry. Not only did it come out great, but it shrank up a fair bit. Been a few months, still nice and snug again with no problems.
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